Been told you need a bridge or crown?
Perhaps you have seen a dentist recently who has suggested that you might need a bridge or crown or maybe you have heard friends talking about having a bridge or teeth crowned and you think that you might be a candidate for such dental work. If you’re in Cooroy, Noosa or anywhere in the hinterland and need some advice on bridges and crowns you’ll find it here.
Whatever the reason you would like to know what may be involved in these procedures or you’re considering it and are worried about the expense of such treatment.
What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Both crowns and most bridges are like replacement parts for your teeth and once in place they’re there for a long time and will mean that your teeth will both look and function naturally. They’re different to dentures (or false teeth) that you can take out and clean daily because they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown can be used to cover or "cap" a damaged or broken tooth. Once it is in place it looks your own tooth, strengthens the tooth and improves the appearance a tooth.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic material which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Sometime gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic will be used and I will always recommend the type of crown I think will do the best job for you and your teeth.
Generally, I will recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
The reason for bridges is simple. When you are missing one or more teeth a bridge may be indicated a gap left by missing teeth can eventually cause remaining teeth to drift or fall into the empty spaces. That would give you problems with your bite (the way your teeth work for you).
A missing tooth or teeth can play havoc with your mouth and lead to gum disease and headache, migraine and pain in the jaw, neck or shoulder because of what is called call TMJ pain (TMJ means temporomandibular joint and is the joint just in front of each ear, where your jaw bone connects to your skull).
A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth because it does exactly as the name suggests... span the space where the teeth are missing. The bridge is cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space and they serve as anchors for the bridge. Each of those teeth is covered with a crown and the replacement tooth or teeth are attached to those crowns.
Similar to crowns there is a choice of materials for bridges and I’ll help you decide what is best for you taking into account its location and function, how you want it to look and, most importantly, the cost.